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With high demand for wheel loaders in India, SDLG introduced the L958F to the Indian market at the December event. The L958F features a larger bucket capacity, heavier operating weight and a new cooling design system – all while retaining the signature reliability that the company’s machines are known for.

SDLG unveiled the new L958F wheel loader for the first time in India at bauma Conexpo India 2018, which runs from December 11 to 14 at HUDA Ground in Gurgaon, Delhi. The four-day event is one of the largest construction equipment tradeshows in Asia.

SDLG launches L958F wheel loader in India at bauma CONEXPO 2018

“With the Indian government continuing to invest in infrastructure, the new L958F wheel loader will be a great fit for heavy-load applications such as material handling, land clearing and general earthmoving,” said Surat Mehta, head of the SDLG business in India.

The 5 t-rated wheel loader has a bucket capacity of 3.2 m3 and a maximum dumping distance of 1,12 m. The Deutz Tier III engine has a rated power of 162 kW at 2 000 rpm. The L958F also features a cooling system designed with an area-enlarged radiator, and optimised inlet and outlet air channels that provide high cooling efficiency – a feature that will be highly useful in the Indian heat.

The new wheel loader is already available in other Asia-Pacific markets. Its power, fast cycle times and overall performance has already proven a hit with some operators.

“Wadi stone is a particularly harsh material, and one that places extreme demands on equipment,” says Devanand Bugde, a plant engineer at Naeem Dhofar Trading Company, Oman, which started using the L958F in June. “Throw in summertime in the Middle East, where temperatures can go up to 40°C, and crusher dust into the mix, and the result is a demanding operating environment! But, so far, the L958F has handled this tough environment very well.”

Alongside the new L958F, SDLG is also displaying the G9138 motor grader and the L946 wheel loader at bauma Conexpo India 2018. The G9138 motor grader is the smaller of two motor grader models that SDLG offers in the region and is ideal for construction of smaller municipal and rural roads. The G9138 is powered by a Deutz BF4M1013-15T3R/2 engine that has an output of 111 kW at 2100 rpm and can reach maximum 39 km/h forward and 24 km/h backward velocities. The L946 loader features a 3,5 m³ maximum bucket capacity, a maximum 1 m dumping distance and a 129 kW rated power.

Since 2015, the construction industry in India has continued to grow. Mehta says he expects the trend to continue, with SDLG positioned to ride on this growth with its well-established network of dealers.

“For wheel loaders, SDLG has a strong market position in the 3- to 5-t range, and we plan to further strengthen our position,” Mehta says. “For motor graders, there is potential to grow our customer base as well, with road construction activity levels remaining high in India. Whichever the product line, our extensive network of 16 dealers provides customers with responsive and effective aftersales service support.”

Bauma Conexpo India 2018 is organised by Messe München and the Association of Equipment Manufacturers. Some 650 exhibitors from 30 countries were expected at this year’s event.

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